Weld County grand jury clears former Greeley officer in fatal police shooting

A former Greeley police officer has been cleared of criminal charges and was justified in the use of deadly force, according to the Weld County District Attorney’s Office.

The shooting happened on Nov. 8 in the Meadow Village Mobile Home Park, 100 block of East 20th Street, according to a review of the police shooting and court documents.

“The Weld County Statutory Grand Jury has concluded its investigation and determined that the former officer’s actions were justified and issued a no true bill, meaning there was not probable cause to believe a crime was committed,” the DA’s office said in a Thursday news release.

Officer Seth Luedtke shot Benjamin Weise, who was armed with a knife, according to the grand jury report.

Weise, who was wanted on an arrest warrant, had crawled under a trailer and refused to come out, the report said. Police were on scene for about three hours and deployed pepper balls in an attempt to get Weise to come out from under the trailer. When Weise did emerge, he was armed with a knife. Weise was ordered to drop the weapon but didn’t comply. Luedtke fired a less lethal, 40 mm round, at Weise but it was ineffective.

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